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No NFC announced for iPhone 5

There’s no mention of NFC in the list of hardware improvements announced for the new iPhone 5 today, and there was only a very brief mention of the Passbook mobile wallet feature which was announced in June.

Apple's iPhone 5

There was also no mention of fingerprint biometrics, despite Apple’s recent bid to acquire fingerprint security specialist Authentec.

For short range wireless communications fans, however, there was one small consolation: the iPod Nano now comes with Bluetooth.

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One comment on this article

  1. unfortunate but not surprising. I guess Apple wants to let Passbook gain traction before going all in on mobile payments. The distressing part is that NFC has many compelling applications beyond contact-free payments. This will surely slow adoption and sadly, will likely diminish innovation. Time to bet big on GOOG, I guess.

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